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Elizabeth Taylor, not yet having celebrated her sixteenth birthday, kissing a twenty four year old Peter Lawford. Elizabeth had a schoolgirl crush on Peter, though it was not requited- he told her she turned him off and that she needed to exercise and firm up her calves to look like the slimmer swimsuit models that caught his attention. No hostility was harbored from Elizabeth’s side, though, the two remaining friends for the remainder of their lives. In her autobiography, Elizabeth wrote: “Peter to me was the last word in sophistication. He was terribly handsome, and I had a tremendous crush on him. He invited me out twice after shooting, but he never did kiss me in private life. I was so thrilled that he had taken me out, because I was only sixteen and felt about twelve. The whole company knew I had a crush on him. In the scene, where he has to kiss me I was supposed to say, ‘Oh, Rock, what are we going to do?’ After the kiss I looked at him, turned a hot scarlet and said, ‘Oh, Peter what am I going to do?’ And the whole company fell down laughing. That’s another moment when you wanted the floor to open.”

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“Julia Misbehaves”, MGM; Cast: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Elizabeth Taylor; Directed by Jack Conway; Released: August 1948.

Elizabeth Taylor remembered about the production of this film: “Peter Lawford to me was the last word in sophistication, and he was so terribly handsome. The whole company knew I had a crush on him. In the scene where he had to kiss me I was supposed to say, ‘Oh, Ritchie, what are we going to do?’ After the kiss I looked at him and said 'Oh Peter, what am I going to do?’ And the whole company fell down laughing."